We had the good fortune of connecting with Luca Gomez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Luca, what makes you happy? Why?
Creation and discovery. These are two things that make me incredibly happy. As a photographer who takes mostly landscape photos, I find myself constantly looking to create a composition that has never been shot before. The creation and discovery of a new spot or a new point of view is like a lion hunting for its prey. It gives me drive, motivation, happiness, and even gratitude. Even more than creation and discovery, the simple capturing of a moment in time, the potential that this photo could make somebody else happy is what makes me happy. If I can brighten someones day by them seeing a picture that I took or a video I created, then that’s a job well done

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Most of my photography is composed of landscapes and nature photos. Getting a creative shot in a landscape that is already beautiful is what I think is unique to my photos. I like the capture photos away from the typical scenery, whether that’s going off a hiking trail into the unknown, ducking down to gain a new perspective, or even climbing a tree to get a shot that most people have never seen before. That’s what sets me apart from most photographers. That creative process is something that I’m most proud of. Getting to where I am today was, if anything, confusing. The road to developing the skills to become a photographer and content creator is not something that you’re taught in school or even taught online. Nobody can teach you to show your true personality on the internet with the potential of millions of people to watch it. The way that I got to where I am today is through a lot of trial and error, from posting my first ever photo taken with my iPod Touch to filming my first Tik-Tok to help teach other people about becoming a photographer. Learning the skills was just a matter of seeing what worked for other people and tailoring it to my specific niche and personality. It wasn’t easy, but I wouldn’t trade these learning experiences for anything. There were times where I considered quitting when I just felt like I wasn’t going anywhere, feeling like my work was worthless. When you encounter challenges like this, stick through them. These feelings are what allow you to learn and build back better. You double down on what you were doing; you keep trying and trying until something works. That’s how you learn and grow as a creator. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned along the way is you should have an even balance of quality and quantity in your content. When I began taking photos, I would rush to edit them to post them in hopes of getting engagement, likes, and followers, but what good are all of those things if your skills aren’t developing? Always develop your best content, don’t cut any corners when it comes to quality. It doesn’t matter how quickly you post something on social media; it matters how quality that piece of content is. Never put anything out that you don’t think is your best work.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If you are coming to visit San Diego, here are some of the most fun and exciting things you could do. First, you’re going to want to have some iconic SoCal food, so head over to Albertacos in San Marcos and get a California Burrito. I have had hundreds of burritos throughout San Diego, but Albertacos in San Marcos is by far my favorite. After having your delicious burrito, head over to Carlsbad State Beach, spend some time soaking in the sun and catching some waves. When you’re finished at the beach, walk up the stairs by the Carlsbad Village and walk a couple of blocks to Beach City Smoothies, some of the most refreshing smoothies and acai bowls I have ever had. If you want to see some beautiful sights and go to some of the most fantastic museums in Southern California, head down to Balboa Park. Not only do they have some of the most incredible museums, but they’re also right next to San Diego Zoo. If you’re up for a night out, get in your car and drive down to La Jolla. Not only does La Jolla have some beautiful Coastal views, head down to La Jolla Cove to see some seals and their newborn babies. The seals use this beach a few months out of the year to come and have their children. Once you’re finished their head to the big pink hotel called La Valencia, walk all the way up the stairs till you get to the roof (this spot is kind of a secret one). The views up there are astounding. Finally, for dinner, head over to Cafe Milano for some homestyle Italian food. It will make you feel right at home. I recommend getting the lasagna

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without my family, I don’t think I’d be where I am today. Since I began this creative journey, my parents have been nothing but supportive. I told them that I wanted to be a content creator and travel the world taking photos. They didn’t just brush it off like I was a hopeless kid with an unrealistic dream. They told me that if that’s what I wanted, then go for it. They believed in me, which helped me believe in myself. Without my supportive family, I don’t think I would even have had half of the confidence that I have now. In addition, I don’t think I’d be where I am today without my friend Lucas. Lucas has always been pushing me to grind and improve my skills, put my best foot forward and continue practicing my craft. We both encourage each other and bring each other up when it comes to creativity, constantly creating new ideas, or thinking of new projects. There’s no project too big or idea too small that we’re not willing to lend each other a hand with.

Website: lucagomez.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucaanthonyyy/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucagmzz/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucaProdz

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOZh4fdg_6XKq1rSgkjw3HQ

Other: https://www.tiktok.com/@lucaanthonyyy?lang=en

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